Travel Essential: The Chambray Shirt 3 Ways

Easy to dress up or down, this shirt is a travel must.

I’m all for packing light. One too many lost bags and waiting far too long at the baggage carousel, has trained me to travel with only carry-on as much as possible. Which is why I love pieces that I can wear multiple ways that take up as little room as possible. Enter the chambray shirt. It’s super easy to dress down, but also completely doable for a smart casual dinner with the right accessories and heels (you’re going to have to back an LBD for fancy events no matter what). I recently took mine on a quick trip to Munich (where I paired it with a blazer and under a cozy wool sweater), and I plan on creating these three outfits for an upcoming trip to London. Here’s how to mix your chambray shirt into your travel wardrobe.

The Key Piece
Perfect chambray ex-boyfriend shirt in ferrous wash, $70, madewell.com

Look 1: Casual dress
For those nights where you’re out for drinks and a semi-fancy restaurant, you can pull off a chambray shirt with slim black pants, heels and a chic, form-fitting blazer.

Minnie pant in bi-stretch wool, $138, jcrew.com

Multi bangle cuff, $7, mango.com

Stella McCartney studded satin pumps, $338, theoutnet.com

Satin finish blazer, $35, mango.com

Look 2: Easy daytime casual
Fingers are crossed for semi-warm temperatures in London so I can pull this off for a day of shopping. Nothing says spring, light and airy like a chambray shirt paired with skinny white pants and a sleek set up flats.

Super slim trousers, $40, mango.com

House of Harlow 1960 Sahara Sand Pendant Necklace, $78, shopbop.com

Matt Bernson Galoise perforated flats in cognac, $195, shopbop.com

Look 3: Layered for warmth
In case the weather is on the chilly side a chambray shirt under a colour block sweater is cozy, comfortable, casual, but with loads of interest. Mix it up more with leather-look leggings, a graphic necklace and a suede bootie.

Triangle necklace, $7, forever21.com

Front panel detail leggings, £28.00, topshop.com

The Charley boot in cigar, $208, madewell.com

Hannah Cashmere Sweater in grey and perisimmon, $129, clubmonaco.ca